Closing the Gap
Additional Tips for Preparing Applications
- Keep your audience in mind. Reviewers will use only the information contained in your application to assess your proposal. Be sure your application and responses to the project requirements and expectations are complete and clearly written. Do NOT assume that reviewers are familiar with your organization. Keep the reviewer criteria in mind as you write the application.
- Follow the instructions in the program guidelines carefully. The instructions call for a particular organization of the materials, and reviewers are accustomed to finding information in specific places. Following these instructions will eliminate the need for reviewers to hunt through your application for information. Be organized and logical in your presentation so reviewers can follow the thought process for the proposed project.
- Involve evaluation expertise: In order to define successful intervention approaches, the involvement of an evaluator early in the process to provide assistance with evaluation design and data can be of great benefit.
- Be concise and clear. Make your points understandable. Provide accurate and honest information, including candid accounts of problems and limitations, and realistic plans to address them. If you omit any required information or data, explain why. Make sure the information provided in each table, chart, attachment, etc., is consistent with your proposal narrative and information in other tables.
- Be careful in the use of appendices. Do not use the appendices for information that is required in the body of the application. Be sure to cross-reference all tables and attachments in the text of the application.
- Carefully proofread your application. Misspellings and grammatical errors will impede reviewers in understanding your application. Be sure pages are numbered (including appendices) and that page limits are followed. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms, and define each one at its first use and periodically throughout the application.
Ask for assistance. If any questions arise when preparing your application, contact the person listed on front (title) page of the application guidelines via email.
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